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Spain loses to the Czech Republic and complicates the ticket to the quarterfinals of the Women's Handball World Cup

2023-12-09T20:37:58.230Z

Highlights: Spain loses to the Czech Republic and complicates the ticket to the quarterfinals of the Women's Handball World Cup. The national team concedes its first defeat in the championship (30-22) and will play for a place in the round on Sunday. With one round to go in the second phase, the group is led by the Netherlands, the Czech team has six and Spain, another six, although they are third on goal difference. If the Czechs win, then it is imperative for Ambros Martin's team to defeat the Netherlands by at least four goals (or three if they score 28 goals or more)


The national team concedes its first defeat in the championship (30-22) and will play for a place in the round on Sunday against the powerful Netherlands


The Spanish women's handball team missed a great opportunity to seal their place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday after losing clearly against the Czech Republic (30-22) and the outlook has become quite complicated for them. With one round to go in the second phase, the group is led by the Netherlands, with eight points, the Czech team has six and Spain, another six, although they are third on goal difference.

When they take to the court this Sunday to face the Netherlands (16.30, Teledeporte), they will already know the result of the Czech Republic-Brazil (14.15) and what they need to go through. If the Czechs win, then it is imperative for Ambros Martin's team to defeat the Netherlands by at least four goals (or three if they score 28 goals or more). If the Czech Republic do not beat the South Americans, it will be enough for Spain to improve on their opponent's result.

This Friday, the scoreline that reflected the clear superiority of a Czech team, which, led in defense by goalkeeper Petra Kudlackova and in attack by full-back Marketa Jerabkova, author of 9 goals, completely disarmed the Warriors.

Aware of the physical superiority of the Czech team, the Spanish coach, Ambros Martín, tried to provide maximum speed to the game of the Warriors with the presence of an army of players. In fact, he did not hesitate to leave out of the squad right-back Mireya González, the player with the most shooting capacity in the Spanish team, to bet on the greater mobility of Paulina Pérez, a converted winger. A bet that although it could not have gone better for the Spanish team, which based on a sensational work of the legs prevented the Czech gunners from taking the shooting distance, they did not have the same results in attack.

In the absence of a credible threat in the Spanish shot, the only way to the goal for the national team was the connections with the centers Lysa Tchaptchet and Kaba Gassama, who were perfectly controlled at all times by the Czech defenders. A problem that was compounded by the Spanish team's inability to get the ball to the wingers with an advantage, the other usual path to the goal for the Warriors. And when Spain managed to find a way past the Czech defence, Ambros Martín's side were determined to crash time and again with goalkeeper Petra Kudlackova, who closed the first save with ten saves.

Those offensive shortcomings not only undermined an increasingly obfuscated Spanish side, but also allowed the Czech Republic to bring out their fast-paced transition game. If in static attack the defensive intensity of players such as Maitane Etxeberria or Paula Arcos had allowed the Warriors to counteract the strength of the Czech shooters, in the open field and on the run there was nothing the Spanish defense could do. A circumstance that led Spain from losing by just one goal (9-8) with less than eight minutes to go in the first half to find themselves with a five-point deficit (13-8) after conceding a 4-0 run.

A foretaste of what happened at the start of the second half, in which Spain was irremediably condemned to defeat after conceding a 6-2 run that increased the lead of the Czech team to eight goals (19-11). The resounding result forced Ambros Martín to risk everything for everything with continuous changes of players and defenders, including an individual one all over the field taking advantage of a numerical superiority, which at times fed the hope of a comeback. In fact, the Guerreras, clinging to the effectiveness of Paulina Pérez, by far the best player of the Spanish team, came to be only four points behind (19-15) with more than eighteen minutes to go.

But if Spain seemed to improve somewhat in attack, in defense Ambros Martín's team once again showed numerous gaps not only when it came to controlling the fast transitions of the Czech team, but also in static, where they were unable to control the shots of full-back Marketa Jerabkova. Cannon shots that condemned the Spanish team to a tough defeat (30-22) that will force them to beat the Netherlands next Sunday, their executioner in the final of the 2019 World Cup in Japan and who count their matches in the tournament as victories.

Czech Republic, 30 - Spain, 22

Czech Republic: Kudlackova; Zachova (2), Sustackova (2), Jerabkova (9), Cholevova (8), Mala (7) and Jestribkova (-) -starting team- Novotna (ps), Striskova (-), Desortova (-), Stellnerova (-), Kuxova (1), Julie Frankova (1), Anna Frankova (-), Dresslerova (-) and Kovarova (-)

Spain: Zoqbi; Paulina Pérez (6, 5p), Etxeberria (1), Tchaptchet (-), Lara González (-), Arcos (3) and Sole López (4) -starting team- Castellanos (ps), Marta López (3), Campos (1), Arderius (1p), Somaza (1), González de Garibay (-), So Delgado (-), Gassama (2) and Alicia Fernández (-).

Score every five minutes: 1-1, 5-3, 7-5, 8-6, 9-8, 13-9 (Half-time); 17-11, 19-13, 20-16, 23-17, 27-19 and 30-22 (Final).

Referees: Hansen and Madsen (DEN). Dresslerova and Mala were excluded for two minutes.

Nord Arena in Fredrikshavn (Denmark). 697 spectators.


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Source: elparis

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